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NCJ Number: 118365 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescents at Risk (From Counseling the Adolescent: Individual, Family, and School Interventions, P 7-20, 1988, Jon Carlson and Judith Lewis, eds. -- See NCJ-118364)
Author(s): G M Ingersoll; D P Orr
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Love Publishing Co
Denver, CO 80222
Sale Source: Love Publishing Co
1777 S Bellaire Street
Denver, CO 80222
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines psychological and social factors that contribute to adolescents' risk-taking behavior.
Abstract: As developmentally normative behavior, risk taking by adolescents may meet biological, psychosocial, or societal/parental needs, and as such the activity itself may be rewarding and reinforcing. Some problem at-risk behaviors among adolescents include substance abuse, sexual activity, and delinquent behaviors. Psychological symptoms accompanying such behaviors include loneliness, sadness, nervousness, tension, thoughts of hurting self, sleep difficulties, and interpersonal difficulties. Factors in risk taking are biology, parental influences, peer pressures, stressful events, and depression. Adolescent behaviors that are seriously antisocial or sociopathic may fit the delinquent syndrome described by Achenbach (1985) or conduct disorders identified by Kazdin (1987). For most adolescents whose behavior puts them at-risk for physical, social, or psychological harm, short-term crisis intervention suffices. For others, however, more intensive, long-term interventions are required. Although theory and research have not sufficiently progressed to provide a clear picture of proven interventions for at-risk adolescents, therapeutic techniques that develop coping mechanisms and social skills are important. 56 references.
Main Term(s): Risk taking behavior
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Juvenile delinquency factors
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